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Odyssey Works engineers transformative experiences

Ayden LeRoux awoke on the morning of Nov. 12 to find her mother and a stranger in her Brooklyn bedroom. The stranger introduced herself as Kristen Racaniello, a sculptor. She'd be making casts of Ayden's breasts that morning. Ayden began to weep. Her mother comforted her as Kristen poured the...

  • “Matisse/Diebenkorn” draws lines from California painter Richard Diebenkorn to his lifelong study of Matisse

    “Matisse/Diebenkorn” draws lines from California painter Richard Diebenkorn to his lifelong study of Matisse

    I’ve never been to California, but the light and colors in Richard Diebenkorn’s paintings offer a glimpse of it. A frantic, sunny chaos permeates his Berkeley paintings, and the coastal colors in his landlocked Urbana paintings feel less real, more simulated and remembered. And then there are his...

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    heroes

    The drawings included here were made when I was in the third and fourth grade. I kept them in a binder with “heros” written on the front cover. I drew close to 50 of these guys (of course, they were all guys); by the pool, secretly in my binder in school, at night instead of homework. They're superhero...

  • Photographer Shawn Young sees Baltimore differently

    Photographer Shawn Young sees Baltimore differently

    I sat on North Avenue one afternoon in mid-October during an abnormally hot day, the kind when global warming smirks at us, specifically Baltimore. I was there to catch up with Sandtown-Winchester photographer Murshaun Young, Shawn to friends, "Freeze" to some, @MrFreezePhotography to his Instagram...

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Heroes heroes by Brandon Soderberg The drawings included here were made when I was in the third and fourth grade. I kept them in a binder with “heros” written on the front cover. I drew close to 50 of these guys (of course, they were all guys); by the pool, secretly in my binder in school, at night...

  • The 2016 Top Ten Issue: The Year In Review

    The 2016 Top Ten Issue: The Year In Review

  • The Year in Photos

    The Year in Photos

    We're not gonna lie, we're happy to see the tail end of 2016. This particularly tumultuous year began with a massive snow dump in the city that stranded residents and threatened the city's homeless with frigid temperatures. It ended on a similarly bleak note, with Donald Trump preparing to move...

  • Escape to Miami: Baltimore goes to Art Basel

    Escape to Miami: Baltimore goes to Art Basel

    Escape to Miami Baltimore goes to Art Basel by Maura Callahan and Rebekah Kirkman A pleasantly goofy, neon Keith Sonnier installation greets us at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. In this piece, which was installed here in 2001, colorful straight lines and arcs morph into innocuous,...

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  • Murder Ink 1/11/17: 3 murders this week, 6 murders this year

    Murder Ink 1/11/17: 3 murders this week, 6 murders this year

    There was an element of luck in this week's low number of homicides: there were 11 non-fatal shootings reported as well. The police department says it is solving more murders, but its clearance rate for 2016, just under 40 percent, is still lower than other big cities, and those other cities' rates...

  • Baltimore City Power Rankings: Dayvon Love, SAO, Mayor Catherine Pugh, more

    Baltimore City Power Rankings: Dayvon Love, SAO, Mayor Catherine Pugh, more

    ↑ Dayvon Love Encouraging news: Jill P. Carter is leaving her seat in the House of Delegates to head up the city's Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement. The city needs a strong advocate for civil rights and fair wages. More encouraging news: Dayvon Love, the director of public policy at...

  • Top Ten Newsmakers of 2016

    Top Ten Newsmakers of 2016

    1. Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen We at City Paper knew we wanted—no, needed—to cover Dr. Wen this year because she is so forward-thinking, tireless, and committed to the city. She packs her schedule from sunrise to sunset, because her ability to do the job well is related to her...

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Gallery owner, artist, once an insider, now a step away from being out

Dwight Whitley is better than this. His connections used to mean something. Back when George Winfield ran public works, Whitley would meet him at home after work and hang out. "His wife was a sweetheart," Whitley says. "He'd come in and say 'why'd you let this nigger in here?'" He laughs, remembering...

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  • Top Ten Baltimore-Area Drinks and Brews of 2016

    Top Ten Baltimore-Area Drinks and Brews of 2016

    1. Chardonnay Barrel Belgian style ale by Evolution Craft Brewing Company (201 E. Vine St., Salisbury, [443] 260-2337, evolutioncraftbrewing.com) If you’re not turning your drive to the beach into a brewery crawl (with a DD, of course) you’re missing out. Eastern Shore Brewing in St. Michaels,...

  • Top Ten Baltimore Dishes of 2016

    Top Ten Baltimore Dishes of 2016

    1. Fettuccini with lemon and pistachios at Hersh’s (1843 Light St., [443] 438-4948, hershs.com) There are many factors that may be keeping you from discovering Hersh’s pasta section. Maybe it’s the fact that the comfortable neighborhood joint is hidden away on the southside, requiring a drive past...

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Top Ten Non-Local Albums of 2016

1. Beyoncé, “Lemonade” (Columbia Records/Parkwood Entertainment) Beyoncé did a lot this year. Most recently, she took the stage at the Country Music Awards, flanked by the Dixie Chicks, and dared anyone in the audience and at home not to enjoy themselves. The song she performed, ‘Daddy Lessons,’...

  • Top Ten Baltimore Singles of 2016

    Top Ten Baltimore Singles of 2016

    1. Dooley, Tlow, and Lor Roger, ‘CIT4DT’ (self-released) The day after the election, when everyone was trying however they could to grapple with the reality that Donald Trump is evidently going to be our next President, it was important to remember that while some people were presented with the...

  • Top Ten Baltimore Albums of 2016

    Top Ten Baltimore Albums of 2016

    1. JPEGMAFIA, “Black Ben Carson” (Memorials Of Distinction) Every song on “Black Ben Carson” wields the kind of weaponized vitriol usually reserved for socialist meme pages on Facebook. The title is reason enough to draft legislation to make license plates wider in the new year, but it isn’t just...

  • A Place Away From the Bullshit: The end of DIY arts space the Bell Foundry

    A Place Away From the Bullshit: The end of DIY arts space the Bell Foundry

    Musician, DJ, videographer, and writer Qué Pequeño first came to the Bell Foundry back in 2011. "I know the exact date—it was April 30, 2011," he said, a few days after he and a dozen or so other artists were evicted from the Station North arts studio and performance space. "My friend Tariq—who...

  • Bond St. District look back to look forward on new album 'A Church On Vulcan'

    Bond St. District look back to look forward on new album 'A Church On Vulcan'

    Bond St. District's new album, "A Church on Vulcan" ends at the beginning, telling the story of how rapper DDm and producer Paul Hutson met—what's referred to here as 'A Happy Accident': "So what's up with them beats?/ I heard you got that fire/ Put your number in my phone and I'mma hit you up...

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Top Ten Television Shows of 2016

1. “Stranger Things” (Netflix) There are the obvious precedents for this story about a bunch of kids in ’80s Midwest who stumble upon an alternate universe after their friend goes missing ("The X-Files," early Stephen King, "E.T.") and there is the less canonical stuff that the show latches onto...More

  • Top Ten Films of 2016

    Top Ten Films of 2016

    1. “Moonlight” (Barry Jenkins, United States) One of many ways “Moonlight” feels transcendently sensitive is in its storytelling; we drop into the life of Chiron at three distinct chapters, but we aren’t filled in on the gaps or the backstory. We’re just there in the moment with young Chiron (Alex...

  • Why Opera? Short answer: We're all fucked

    Why Opera? Short answer: We're all fucked

    It was hard to figure out how to write about "Adam's Run," a climate change media criticism tragicomic opera. I'm editor at large at the paper and was the arts editor for a few years and I wrote the libretto for the opera, which Ruby Fulton composed for Rhymes With Opera. It's an inherent conflict...

  • Myth trumps fact in David Fincher's enigmatic 'Zodiac'

    Myth trumps fact in David Fincher's enigmatic 'Zodiac'

    'Zodiac,' directed by David Fincher screens at the Senator Nov. 30, Dec. 4, and Dec. 6

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  • Top Ten Art Shows of 2016

    Top Ten Art Shows of 2016

    1. Abigail DeVille, “Only When It’s Dark Enough Can You See the Stars” via The Contemporary at the Peale Museum There is always more to say about this work, an installation by Abigail DeVille in the former Peale Museum, commissioned by The Contemporary, which is why it’s our number one art show...

  • On separating hunter from prey in Phaan Howng's wryly subversive installation wonders

    On separating hunter from prey in Phaan Howng's wryly subversive installation wonders

    Phaan Howng's "Biological Controls: If It Bleeds We Can Kill It" may be the closest you can get to a waking hallucination in Baltimore right now. The installation occupies the one-room project gallery on School 33's second floor, though the verb "occupy" barely conveys how utterly the installation...

  • Stephen Towns takes on myth and martyrdom in Nat Turner's rebellion for his solo exhibition

    Stephen Towns takes on myth and martyrdom in Nat Turner's rebellion for his solo exhibition

    In his studio at Area 405, mixed media artist Stephen Towns stands at his easel, surveying a painting. Warm, iridescent amber light pours in through the windows. Dried oil paint dots wooden workbenches. Canvases in varying stages of completion cover the walls. Towns stands and stares and, after...

  • New exhibit at the American Visionary Art Museum emphasizes food and all its peculiarities

    New exhibit at the American Visionary Art Museum emphasizes food and all its peculiarities

    One of the most appealing aspects of the American Visionary Art Museum has been the way it has democratized art. Here was a museum saying you didn't need art-school credentials to make legitimate art—you could be a prisoner, a mental patient, a homeless person, a retired manual laborer and if your...

  • 'I Never Liked My Name' an essay by Zane Campbell

    'I Never Liked My Name' an essay by Zane Campbell

    I never liked my name: Zane Ronda Campbell. Ronda was a girl’s name. When I was in elementary school the Beach Boys had a hit called, ‘Help Me, Rhonda’. I lived in fear that the other students would find out my middle name and tease me endlessly. Elementary school was stressful enough without that....

  • The State Of The Arts Issue

    The State Of The Arts Issue

    This year's State of the Arts issue focuses on artists who are inclusive, daring, and ahead-of-the-curve—not comfortable sitting on the curve, or even man spreading on the curve, as so much oft-praised art in this city tends to be. In our cover story, “Balti Gurls on the Guerrilla Girls,” Balti...

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Top Ten Non-Local Books of 2016

1. Heather Ann Thompson, “Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Aftermath” (Pantheon Books) In September, Red Emma’s was packed the night Heather Ann Thompson came to talk about what happened at the Attica Correctional Facility in 1971, when a takeover of the prison by...

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Top Ten Stage Productions of 2016

1. “Cleveland” (Psychic Readings) Anchored by spit-take performances from Madison Coan as a girl who just wants a dress to wear to the school dance and Cricket Arrison as her mother who may be from outer effing space, this production captured everything that makes Psychic Readings’ Late Night Theatre...

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